Abhishek Bachchan has stood his floor with a rock strong grip ever since he made his debut. Coming from a legacy like his’, an actor who’s certain to be in comparison with his legendary father, Amitabh Bachchan, AB Jr. has constructed his personal place within the business with good performances in movies like Bunty Aur Babli, Yuva, Sarkar, Ludo and plenty of extra. He misplaced his inhibition and shed the self-importance to play Bob Biswas and all of it paid off for him. Bob Biswas is directed by Diva Ghosh and written by her father, Sujoy Ghosh. Analita Seth chats with him about his journey to cracking the character and what makes this movie particular.
I learn someplace that you just watched Kahaani fairly late, after virtually capturing 80% of the movie. But whenever you did join the movie, you had an concept of how the character seemed. So did you think about your self in that getup earlier than you went on units and perhaps had a glance check?
I made a decision on doing the movie extra due to the emotion. Considering that his (Sujoy Ghosh) daughter goes to direct the movie and I solely found after I stated sure to the movie that this was the character known as Bob Biswas, which was in his movie Kahaani first, which I had not seen at that time of time. The one factor Diya and I had been very clear about is how Bob ought to look, how Bob ought to stroll, how he ought to transfer, his physicality and that’s one thing that we wished to remain true to as a result of it’s a character which is widespread however you wished him to look comparable. So placing on the burden, attaining the hair the way in which it’s, the glasses, the costume or one thing we’re very certain we wished to realize and we set about attaining it. I requested them for someday for me to placed on weight as a result of though we tried prosthetics, I wasn’t proud of it as a result of it appears pretend and I requested them for a while to placed on the burden and so they agreed. That was the bodily preparation. In phrases of the emotional preparation, what was good is Bob has been in a coma and Bob has misplaced his reminiscence. So its good, you get to rebuild and recalibrate him as a personality, so we tried to try this and so there was no strain that you just needed to observe some tram strains for the character, you’ll be able to uncover, make, create your new character.
What in regards to the dialect and the language? Did it take a while to crack that?
No, we didn’t preserve a dialect or an accent. Sujoy, when he wrote it, was very clear. Kolkata is a personality within the movie and he didn’t wish to do something Bengali upfront. So Bob Biswas stayed away from any Bengali accent other than the ‘Nomoshkar’.
If you as Abhishek Bachchan had been to spend a day with Bob Biswas the character, what would you do and what could be the primary query you’ll ask him about his life?
Certainly go for a meal with him as a result of apparently, he likes to eat. So most likely, you already know there’s a character known as Dhonu, which is Bob’s good friend, who owns a Chinese Thela and he’s at all times consuming noodles over there. So I’ll go deal with him to noodles as a result of Dhonu makes them very well. What would I ask him? I don’t know if I’ll ask him something as a result of I imply contemplating he doesn’t having reminiscence, I imply it’s sort of pointless to ask him something. But what I liked in regards to the character is his niceness. He is a really good man, he’s so nice, he’s cherubic. How does he handle to carry onto that niceness in such antagonistic conditions?
You assume with time, your selection of character and scripts has additionally developed into barely critical and intense roles?
No, I simply get pleasure from doing the work that I do. I imply that the character has to encourage me, the story has to encourage me and above all, I wish to make movies that I might wish to watch. I believe that must be the primary standards whenever you hear the script. Is this the movie you’ll wish to watch and if its so, then do you see your self in it and for those who do, then you need to do it. So there is no such thing as a specific style that I’m leaning in the direction of. Its simply so occurs that you already know movies have are available in a specific area within the final 2 years however like my subsequent movie ‘Dasvi’ is a extra mild hearted movie.
How was it like working with Diya Ghosh? What was she like on units?
Diya shocked me, to be very sincere. She shocked me as a result of I imply, to see this 26 years outdated child have such command over her medium and craft at such an inexperienced age is superb. I prefer to ask this this of all of the journalists that I discuss to, that for those who see the trailer, would you imagine that Diya was a quiet, shy, reticent, 26 12 months outdated lady and no one has stated, ‘Yaa we believe that’, No you don’t! It simply goes to point out that, you already know its simply great how she has made this movie.
Did watching the movie change your perspective of the character earlier than and after capturing?
No! No, I believe Diya did an important job of justifying the character. There are lot of contradictions in Bob which make it so attention-grabbing to play. I imply he’s a contract killer who is absolutely loveable. That in itself, you already know a lovable contract killer is nearly an oxymoron. So, it simply throws up all these contradiction from the character perspective, that makes him such an attention-grabbing function to do. But what are your learnings or unlearning, that’s very troublesome to quantify since you make investments a number of your self into a movie, bodily and emotionally. So I’m certain there are particular learnings, there should be a sure evolvement, you should develop, a movie should depart you a greater actor, I want to imagine. If it doesn’t, then you may have achieved one thing unsuitable. But its very troublesome to only quantify it to that extent. I believe if I needed to say one factor, I believe Bob taught me that its doable for me to depart self-importance at dwelling and make a movie and get away with it. I believe within the business, self-importance is a big a part of what we do, our photographs are crucial to us. I believe that was a giant concern clearly that you already know, we had been sort of going towards the grain and that may they settle for it and I believe the reactions are proof sufficient that they’ve accepted it and so they recognize it actually, so I’m grateful for that.
Has there been something on OTT that you just watched, that you just actually wish you may have an expertise of watching in theatre. You actually favored it visually?
So, that’s a troublesome query to reply as a result of as actors, you don’t get the chance to go to the theatre as typically as you wish to and for those who do, you go on the circumstances which don’t actually permit you to optimise the viewing expertise of the theatre. ‘You know chup ke jaana padta hai, quietly and before the lights come on, you sneak out. You don’t get to take a seat down and simply benefit from the movie. So sadly, a number of us find yourself seeing movies in both a preview or at dwelling. So we’re fairly used to seeing stuff on the tv (laughs), That’s what I’m saying and since now we have been a part of filmmaking for therefore lengthy, you already know what it may have probably translated to on display. So I’m fairly used to it. So I’ve by no means thought of it in that sense.
All of us spent a number of time at dwelling and acquired a number of time to retrospect. Did you be taught one thing about your self as an artiste within the final 2 years?
Yes in fact, I imply there’s so much you be taught, there’s so much you observe and like I stated, on a regular basis you alter and you need to try to higher your self, You ought to try to be taught, You ought to try to make your efficiency way more easy. There are so many components which can be going to make a efficiency. You can’t simply say one factor. There is language, there’s expression, there’s physique language, your look, your hair, your pores and skin, you already know there are such a lot of various things that come collectively and as soon as they arrive collectively positively, we’ll get a superb efficiency. The one factor I believe, actors actually yearn for is a little bit of solitude on the finish of the day. You are working with tons of of individuals. I believe actors someplace actually look ahead to some solitude as a result of I believe that’s probably the one time they get to acquaint themselves with any person they doable don’t know very nicely and that’s themselves. So, I believe lockdown helped try this.
Do you’re feeling just like the shift from escapist cinema to life like cinema goes to remain?
People on the finish of the day need leisure. Entertainment doesn’t imply slapstick comedy. Entertainment means for these 2-3 hours that you’re watching a movie, you might be eliminated out of your precise world, full of issues and transport it to a special world, whenever you view one thing and you’re feeling entertained. Whatever the style of that be, so long as its good, folks will watch it, so simple as that.
What was it like working with the ensemble solid? With Chitrangada, what had been the dynamics? Did you may have any enjoyable memorable moments on units?
See, its sort of troublesome to interrupt out of character when you find yourself doing a movie like Bob. So I imply, it was great, it was very exuberant and youthful set, all people was so younger and dynamic. It was nice enjoyable. It was truly new for me to be one of many senior folks on set. I used to be so glad that Paran da got here alongside within the movie and he’s absolute legend of Bengali cinema. So, instantly he turned the senior most. People began to name me ‘Sir’, now its a bit uncomfortable as a result of I’m used to being the youngest on the set. But it was great. I believe they take their work very frivolously and what I imply by frivolously is that they don’t carry their expertise with any burden. They don’t must show, you already know, they identical to get on with doing their work. So it was great, I believe we had great actors like Chitrangada taking part in my spouse, you already know Samara was taking part in my daughter, who’s simply such an exquisite great expertise, we wish her the most effective, its her first movie, its a particular factor and he or she is great. Then now we have Rohit, who performed my son after which you may have a number of character artistes who’re simply good . From Bhanu to all of them to Paran Da, its simply great.
You shot for the movie through the lockdown. How was that have?
I’ve to confess, I used to be one of many first actors who acquired again to work. I acquired COVID final 12 months August, and by the tip of August, I used to be again on the set of Big Bull after which began up on Bob. Apart from simply seeing folks in masks and initially in PPE kits and a little bit of sanitisation right here and there and other people taking your temperature at completely different phases, work is finished the identical. Sadly, actors aren’t allowed to put on any of that protecting gear since you are within the entrance of digicam. But other than that, its okay you already know. I’m simply glad folks adhered to all of the
working procedures that the federal government had laid down and so they proceed to and so they have been thus far slightly diligent about it. But it’s what it’s.